Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

An x-ray of an arthritic hand

Juvenile Arthritis is an autoimmune disease found among people under the age of 16, and is one of the most common chronic illnesses among that age group.

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, established to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis.

If you notice your child showing any of the following symptoms, please contact your doctor.

  • Pain or stiffness in joints, especially right after s/he has woken up
  • Swelling around the affected area
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Weight Loss
  • Eye Problems

Also known as childhood arthritis, the disease requires extensive blood work, urine tests, and various types of imaging (x-rays being the most popular choice) in order to accurately diagnose the condition. In most cases, the condition is caused by the body attacking its own cells in the joints, making the joint become inflamed and stiff. Treatments include medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases surgery.

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